ALYSON DIXON completed a hat-trick with her third win a row in the Bridges of Tyne five-mile road race in Newcastle.
The Sunderland Stroller won by just over two minutes to smash her own course record from last year.
She clocked 27min 30sec to slice 22 seconds off her old mark in finishing eighth overall in a field of 350.
This will be a big confidence boost for the Silksworth runner, as she continues her build-up for the Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow at the end of the month.
Dixon will back in action on Sunday when she contests the Great North Gateshead 10k.
Runner-up to Dixon was Jarrow and Hebburn’s Alex Snook (29.31), while Tyne Bridge Harrier Alison Dargie was third (29.58).
Sunderland Harrier Kevin Jeffress returned to his old club to finish third in the race (26.30) behind the winner, Andy Burn (Jarrow and Hebburn, 25.58) and Gateshead Harriers’ runner-up, Conrad Franks (26.19).
Sunderland Strollers placed Michael Laws 13th (28.07), Steve McMahon 17th (28.32) and Michael Edwards 23rd (28.57).
Sunderland Harrier Eddie Maddison won the over-65 category, finishing 232nd in 38.20.
H Two Houghton Harriers set personal bests in the British Milers’ Club 1500m races at Maiden Castle. Under-13s Henry Johnson (5.01.5) and Will Bellamy (5.07.3), winner of the G race, both impressed with their PBs.